During today's ugly 27-14 road loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Indianapolis Colts suffered a potentially more serious loss when wide receiver T.Y. Hilton left the game with a knee injury. He was getting his left knee looked at on the sideline and was then taken to the locker room for X-rays before returning to the sidelines with a big ice wrap on his knee.
After the game, Colts owner Jim Irsay spoke with some members of the media and confirmed that Hilton's X-ray was negative and that it's just a knee bruise, but that injury will still likely sideline him for a few weeks.
Irsay: X-ray on TY Hilton's knee was negative, just a bad bruise. Likely still out a few weeks.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) September 13, 2015
Chuck Pagano says T.Y. Hilton's X-Ray is negative. Knee bruise. Pagano says Hilton should be fine— Kevin Bowen (@KBowenColts) September 13, 2015
All things considered, it's not a terrible diagnosis since the Colts will get Hilton back after only a few weeks, but it's still not a good thing that the team will have to play without their top receiving target for a few games. Hilton is an incredibly important part to the offense and showed that again on Sunday, catching 7 passes for 88 yards and proving to, once again, be Andrew Luck's favorite and most reliable targets. All of the other wide receivers outside of Hilton combined to catch 12 passes for 115 yards and a score today - just five more catches and 27 more yards combined than Hilton. The receivers were disappointing today and didn't get open as much nor fight for the ball as much, and while they were facing a very good defense, it was clear that they needed Hilton.
The Colts return home to face the New York Jets on Monday Night Football next week before then traveling to Tennessee for a division matchup against the Titans. We don't know how long Hilton will be out, but hopefully it's not too long before we see number 13 back on the field. And from the way the Colts' offense looked today, they might really need him.